How to rotate an Image on Windows 10

You can rotate an image using Context Menu, Picture Tools, Photos app, Paint, or Paint 3D in Windows 10. Here’s how to do it. There are many free image and photo watcher apps as well as photo altering software for Windows 10 that accompany an option to rotate an image anticlockwise or clockwise – yet in this post covers all inherent options.

Regardless of if you have JPG, HEIC, BMP, PNG, or some other common format images, you will have the option to rotate them to 90 degrees, 270 degrees, or 180 degrees. You can also save the rotated image.

How to rotate an image on Windows 10

These are the options that can assist you with rotating an image or photo in Windows 10 without using any outsider tools:

  • Using right-click context menu
  • Using Picture Tools
  • Photos app
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Paint 3D.

How about we check all these options.

1] Using right-click context menu


This is one of the basic options that doesn’t need a lot of exertion. You can rotate a solitary image or various images in one shot. Also, you don’t have to open the image(s) to use this option.

To rotate images, all you need to do is access a directory or folder where your photos are stored. Now select images of your decision and do a right-click. You will see two options-Rotate left and Rotate right. Select an option and it will rotate chosen images instantly and save them in the rotated option.

2] Using Picture Tools

Using Picture Tools

Picture Tools is another inherent option of Windows 10 that is available in File Explorer. This option is obvious only when you have chosen some image thumbnail or access a folder that contains the images. If the Ribbon menu is disabled for reasons unknown, then you first need to enable it to use this option.

Like the main option, this option also doesn’t expect you to open an image for rotation. Apart from that, you can rotate different images together or a solitary image.

To use this option, go to some drive or folder where your images are located. After that, select images. You will see the Picture Tools option in the ribbon menu. Under Picture tools, you will see Rotate right and Rotate left buttons. Use those buttons and image(s) will be rotated immediately.

The picture Tool option also underpins the hotkeys to rotate the images. For this, first, select a few images, and press Alt+J hotkey. Now, hotkey mode is enabled. After that, again press Alt+RR hotkey to rotate images to one side or press Alt+RL to rotate images to one side.

3] Photos app

Photos app

Photos app comes pre-installed with Windows 10 and it has a lot of good features. It accompanies dark mode, allows you to add images to favorites, share images and recordings, resize images, and many more. It is also a decent and native option to rotate an image in Windows 10.

To rotate an image using the Photos app, launch the app using the Start Menu or Search box. Open an image and then click on the Rotate icon available on the top center part (only close to favorites icon) on its interface. This will rotate the image.

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Alternatively, you can also use Ctrl+R hotkey to rotate an image in the Photos app. After rotation, use sees more icons (three spots) available on the top right corner of the Photos app and select Save as an option. This will open the Save as window using which you can store your preferred rotated image to any folder.

4] Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint is an old and popular program. Earlier, there was news that Microsoft is resigning the Paint program, yet later they change the plan, and Paint remains to continue in Windows 10. This painting program is also useful to rotate an image to 90 degrees clockwise, anticlockwise, or 180 degrees. You can also save the rotated image in original format (if upheld) or to some other available format, (for example, BMP, GIF, PNG, and so on) The steps are as per the following:

  • Launch MS Paint
  • Use the File menu to add an image
  • Access Home menu
  • Use Rotate drop-down menu
  • Use the File menu to save the rotated image.
  • Launch Microsoft Paint and then add an image by clicking on the Open option available under the File menu.

Once the image is added, go to the Home menu available only close to the File menu. There you will see a Rotate drop-down menu. Use that menu and then you can rotate the image. It also allows you to flip an image vertically or horizontally.

Once the image is rotated to the ideal angle, click on the File menu, and use Save or Save as an option to store the rotated image.

5] Paint 3D

Paint 3D

Paint 3D is also a native app of Windows 10. It has some extremely intriguing features such you can create 3D images, add impacts to items or information images, stickers, convert 2D shapes to 3D, and so on The option to rotate and flip an image is also there. Here are the steps:

  • Open Paint 3D
  • Use the menu icon to add an image
  • Access Canvas menu
  • Use rotate buttons
  • Save the image.

Open Paint 3D using the Search box or Start menu. After that, click on the Menu icon available in the top left corner. Now use the Browse files button to add an image.

At the point when the image is added, click on the Canvas menu available on the top center section (only close to the Effects menu). On the bottom right side, you will see Rotate and flip section. Use that section and rotate the information image.

Now use the menu icon and then select Save or Save as a button to store the rotated image.

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